All news at a glance – news archive of the Cluster of Excellence

Research results, workshops, conferences, lectures, cultural projects and current research-based statements: you can find all news published online by the Cluster in chronological order here. In addition, information sent to the national and international media is provided in the press releases section.

“The Peace of Westphalia also had its dark side”

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According to historians, the Peaace of Westphalia 1648 also had its dark side. At Historians’ Convention in Münster historians discuss global historical dimensions, such as an intensive phase of colonization as a result of peace in Europe and debate whether the successful negotiations in Münster and Osnabrück can serve as a model for today’s peace processes in the Middle East.

“Catholics then, Muslims now: the accusation of isolation”

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Catholics then, Muslims today: at the 52nd Meeting of German Historians at the end of September in Münster, historians will put the concept of the religious “parallel society” to the test. “With the term ‘parallel society’, the German majority society has for decades been expressing the foreignness it feels towards migrants and also its ideas of the ‘right’ society,” says contemporary historian Thomas Großbölting.

“Contemporary Arabic literature is experimenting with many new formats”

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According to scholars in Arabic studies, contemporary Arabic literature is increasingly experimenting with new formats such as autofictional Internet blogs, graphic novels and science fiction. “The new genres and their authors have barely been noticed or published in the West,” says literary scholar Barbara Winckler from the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Researchers scrutinize which refugee policies are admissible ethically

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Researchers from philosophy and the social sciences wish to come together to scrutinize whether the measures taken in European refugee policy are admissible ethically. “Beyond the cases where states clearly fail in moral terms, there are many measures to do with border policy that have not yet been scrutinized from the point of view of the academic discipline of ethics”, explains the philosopher Matthias Hoesch.

Holy Places of Antiquity

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A new volume of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, edited by Old Testament scholar Prof. Dr. Reinhard Achenbach, addresses sacred places of antiquity. Under the title “Heilige Orte der Antike” (Holy places of antiquity), the publication brings together contributions from the lecture series of the same name.

“In ancient Rome, insults in politics knew hardly any boundaries”

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Political debates in ancient Rome were conducted with great harshness and personal attacks, which were in no way inferior to some of the hate speech on the Internet, explains ancient historian Prof. Dr. Martin Jehne of Technische Universität Dresden. At the 52nd Meeting of German Historians in Münster in September, in a section on abuses from antiquity to the present day, he will speak about the culture of conflict in ancient Rome.

“Divisions in society are nothing new historically”

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Societies have repeatedly experienced deep divisions in history, not just since the current refugee crisis. At the 52nd Meeting of German Historians, some 3,500 scholars from Germany and abroad will deal with social, economic, religious or ethnic divisions in all epochs and regions of the world.

New Book on Religious Policy Today

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“Religionspolitik heute” is a new overview volume on religious policy today in Germany from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion und Politik”. It combines religious political analyses and positions from academics, politics and religious and philosophical communities for the first time.

„Studying Migration Policies“

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Issues of migration policy have gained in importance in Europe and around the globe. Against this background, the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics“ of Münster University, the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), and the Center of Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF Bielefeld) will hold a conference taking place 10-12 September 2018 in Bielefeld entitled "Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis", organised by philosopher Dr. Matthias Hoesch, Cluster of Excellence, and sociologist Dr. Lena Laube (FIW).

Hugo Falcandus and the Royal Court in Palermo

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On the occasion of the 75th birthday of the medieval historian Prof. Dr. Gerd Althoff of the Cluster of Excellence, the Munich historian Prof. Dr. Knut Görich will give a lecture on how the medieval writer Hugo Falcandus described the Kingdom of Sicily (1130-1861).

Jesus in the Koran

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The Islamic theologian Prof. Dr Mouhanad Khorchide of the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has published two new Islam books for the general public.

Religion in Goethe’s Poetry

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On 3 July, the literary scholar, writer and Kleist Prize winner Prof. Dr Dirk von Petersdorff will speak about the religious aspects of the poetry of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

“Da pacem, Domine”

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“Music has always been a central medium of the artistic engagement with the subject of ‘peace’,” explains musicologist Dr Dominik Höink, who invites to the conference “Religiöse Friedensmusik von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart” (Religious Peace Music from Antiquity to the Present Day) from 28 to 30 June.

First theological trialogue in Washington

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Researchers from all over the world will meet from June 27th – 29th in Washington for the third session of the first theological trialogue ever between Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. At Georgetown University they will discuss concepts of salvific action, as the theologian and religious studies scholar Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence explains.

Politics and Question of Women’s Rights in Orthodoxy

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In June, the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” will welcome two proven experts of the Orthodox Churches as visiting fellows: Orthodox theologian Prof. Dr Cyril Hovorun and historian and religious scholar Dr Irina Paert.

“Deep Religious Grammar”

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In a public book launch hosted by the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM), social ethicists Prof. Dr Karl Gabriel and Prof. Dr Hans-Richard Reuter will present research results regarding the denominational influence on welfare-state key concepts in Germany.

Warning Against “Drifting into State Terrorism”

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In the face of international conflicts, the philosopher and ethicist Prof. Dr Michael Quante warns against state warfare drifting into “state terrorism”. “In view of modern weapon systems, we need a social debate on the ethically and legally justifiable options of warfare that states have.”

“Love Displaces Violence”

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According to researchers, artists from ancient times to the present day have kept using the same symbols and metaphors to depict peace. “Dove or rainbow, kiss or embrace, peace banquet, horrors of war or the victory of love over violence – artistic depictions of peace have a long history," says art historian Prof. Dr. Eva-Bettina Krems from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Transmission of religion across generations

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At the conference of the Cluster of Excellence "The transmission of religion across generations: transfer, loss and re-formation of religion", which will be held from 17 to 18 May 2018 in Münster, internationally renowned researchers will address the question of the decline of religion.

From Religion in Goethe to Atheistic Ideas for the Future

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In the summer semester, the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” will again welcome a great number of international visiting fellows who have been invited by one or several of the members of the research association to conduct research and give public lectures in Münster.

“How did the modern world come into being?”

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Internationally renowned scholars will discuss the origins of modernity at a conference of the Cluster of Excellence in Berlin in May. The researchers will pay particular attention to the role of religion in the development of modernity.

New Sociology of Religion Handbook

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Leading sociologists of religion have presented the first comprehensive handbook on the sociology of religion in German-speaking countries. It provides an overview of the state of research and expounds the field of research’s spectrum and relevance. In the handbook, they edit the basics of their subject for scholars and students of sociology, theology and religious studies as well as for those who are interested in politics and the media.

“Peace has only recently become the prime objective of politics”

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According to historians, the political goal of peace has never been as important as it is today. “For example, those who considered peace to be the most important political goal in 1913 belonged to a minority,” says historian Prof. Dr Hans-Ulrich Thamer of the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” before the 101st Katholikentag.

“State Without God”

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The renowned legal philosopher and former Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor Prof. Dr. Horst Dreier has published a monograph on religion in secular modernity under the title “Staat ohne Gott” (State Without God). The first four chapters of the volume cover the topics of his lecture series “Herausforderungen des sekulären Verfassungsstaates” (Challenges of the secular constitutional state), which was part of the Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professorship at the Cluster of Excellence.

"From Ottoman to Turk"

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A new study from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” presented by historian Dr Sara-Marie Demiriz deals with sacred elements in the early years of the Turkish Republic.

New Hans Blumenberg visiting professors

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” is looking forward to welcoming two renowned Hans Blumenberg visiting professors in summer semester 2018: Iceland-born sociologist Jóhann Páll Árnason, who will give lectures “On the Question of a Religious-Political Constitution of Modernity” (in German), and American sociologist and religious scholar Mark Juergensmeyer, who will present “Religion and War” in Münster.

Karl Marx, Philosopher

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A new publication by the philosopher Prof. Dr. Kurt Bayertz from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” addresses the philosophical roots of Karl Marx. 200 years after Karl Marx was born, not everything has been said about his thinking, the scholar underlines.